Playing Changes by Nate Chinen

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This week we look at a great new book, "Playing Changes" by Nate Chinen. The show begins with a cut by Arthur Blythe, "Jitterbug Waltz" and moves right on into a more recent cut from Kamasi Washington off his CD The Epic. The program goes on highlighting artists featured in each chapter of this groundbreaking book on the continuing evolution of jazz music around the world.

Also featured on the show is Brad Mehldau with a song from his groundbreaking album, Highway Rider and music from other innovators like John Zorn, Danilo Pérez and —rounding things out —Mary Halvorson.


  • Arthur Blythe "Jitterbug Waltz" In the Tradition 00:00
  • Host talks 4:59
  • Kamasi Washington "Final Thought" The Epic 7:35
  • Brad Mehldau "John Boy" Highway Rider 14:01
  • Host talks 17:11
  • John Zorn "Peur Sur La Ville" The Big Gundown 18:18
  • Danilo Perez "Suite For the Americas -Part 2 " Motherland 22:13
  • Host talks 27:09
  • Danilo Perez "Gangsterism on a River" Black Stars 28:27
  • Steve Swallow "Better Times" The Real Book 32:11
  • Host talks 35:54
  • Vijay Iyer "Intertia" Reimagining 36:50
  • Jeff Parker "Get Dressed" The Ne Breed—39:39
  • Host talks 43:25
  • Esperanza Spalding "Really Very Small" Chamber Music Society 44:36
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa "Get Dressed" Kinsmen—47:13
  • Host talks 51:19
  • Mary Halvorson "The Beast" Code Girl 53:02

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